Sofia Englund – Assignment 1

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  • June 23, 2018

I tried submitting assignment 1 earlier today, but it still hasn’t shown up in the gallery (I got a confirmation that it had been submitted). I’m trying again here, with fewer images this time. Apologies for any duplicates in case it works, and fingers crossed! πŸ™‚


This is my assignment 1: cover image + 3 patterns.

Trends and influences:

Jungle Blue + Opulent Safari + Surreal Garden. I was inspired by the colours in the first trend, the animals in the second one, and the surrealism in the third one.

Artists that inspire me:

-Lisa Congdon for her clean and colourful Scandinavian-influenced art. I love how her work has an edge and energy to it.

-Lillian Farag for her whimsical, joyful and abstract designs. I love her use of colour, textures and shapes.

-Henri Rosseau for his surrealist, imaginative and dreamlike jungles and landscapes. I love his lush, dense jungles and use of colour.

Other influences: Art Deco + Mid-century design.

Personal style: I feel like I’m too new to design to have a style yet, but I really enjoy exploring and experimenting to see where it takes me. This has been a great exercise and it’s given me lots to think about.

What I found challenging: Mixing the trends and keeping it balanced, and colours are always a challenge. I was also a bit overwhelmed by trying to mix all my various influences into one design, but I’m sure it will get easier with time πŸ™‚


Author: sofiaenglund


  • Lucy Conway says:

    Love it Sofia!

  • sabina says:

    Hi Sofia,

    I am impressed with your collections in this workshop as I love seeing your confidence grow. You output high quality graphics that you can sell as clip art or potentially license.

    Great mixing of the trends. The color of the cats conveys opulence and I like the surreal flora with touch of folk. The hero pattern has good spacing. My only concern is that some to the plants are consistently tilted to the left. Maybe turn that red flower plant in the other direction to balance this. The blue blending pattern is beautiful. The pink one has an interesting look.

    Overall excellent work!

    • Thank you so much for your feedback Sabina! I’m very happy to hear that, and it gives me more confidence to move forward with that side of things (selling). Ha, I hadn’t noticed that they were all tilting to the left – I’ll definitely have to fix that before I do anything with them πŸ™‚

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